We've got a permanent little helper at Alcove this past week. He wasn't planned but he is certainly very welcome and a fits in really well in our little shop.
His name is Bailey and he is a one year old Cavachon.
He's come to live with us this week after his previous owner could no longer look after him due to ill health, and he seems to be settling in to our noisy family life really well.
Here he is at the front door after his walk sporting his new collar and lead from www.sweetpeaandboo.co.uk . A gorgeous shop just a few streets away in Leek that makes hand made doggie accessories from beautiful fabrics.
He loves coming to the shop with us each day and after a long morning walk he settles down happily for a nap on a crochet blanket under the shop desk, waking up only for a fuss from a customer or to say hello to another dog who has come in to the shop!
So far he's showed himself to be the perfect shop dog and he's a much loved member of the family already!
As visitors to the shop can testify, we love to make a display at Alcove!
We are lucky though because It's not difficult to come up with something interesting when we have such a good choice of vintage and new items to choose from. We've always like mixing vintage and new interior items , we don't believe that people only have new or old things in their homes, they have a mixture, and we like to reflect that at Alcove.
if we like the look of something then we will put it in the shop for your perusal !
its amazing how a selection of seemingly random items can look really great together in a display. If you love it then go for it we say!
Just a few simple little vintage bottles can look stunning when they're grouped together in a collection displaying the same flowers or foliage.
I adore vintage glass bottles, they're my 'thing' and although I have loads at home, if I spot an unusual one in an antique shops or market I just have to have it! I also don't like to pass them on which is why they're rarely for sale at Alcove!
They're stunning in summer filled with little sweet peas or roses from the garden, and you can change the flowers through the seasons, or even use dried Lavender sprigs for a thrifty bit of fragrance at home.
Of course, making a pleasing display is a lot easier when the items that you are displaying are absolutely gorgeous, like our new Burleigh range !
We placed one of our Roo Abrook vintage book page prints (£12) onto the display , framed in one of our freestanding glass frames (£22.95).
Overall, when it comes to making a display, we think that if you like it then just go for it. We'd always prefer an eclectic display that reflects your own taste over a minimalist , understated home anyday, but we like to be different!
We've just taken delivery of a new range of Light-Up Letters at Alcove! We ordered these letters over six months ago and we have been waiting with nervous anticipation for them to arrive to see if they are as great as we remember. We're happy to say that they are!
We don't stock a great deal of letters, just some lovely vintage gold or metal letters that we've picked up along the way and that have a unique look to them that fit in with a modern vintage/industrial interiors look.
So although these letters are new, we thought that they fit in perfectly with the look of Alcove, and they're a major interiors trend for the months to come.
We always like to get in their first with the Interiors trends, if something had been fashionable for ages and has filtered down onto the high street then chances are we've moved on from it, or we're putting a twist on it! These letters have a great weathered look that we found really appealing, the wood is a good shade and the light bulbs are a nice shape, size and spaced well. The letters come with a bracket so that they can be wall hung, and are battery powered so there are no ugly cables trailing your walls
Overall we absolutely love these letters and judging by the reception that they've had, you guys do too. Oh, talking of receptions, we've had some orders through for wedding receptions already, great uses of the letters have included the letters C&S which will light up a couple's initials at their wedding reception, L,O,V,E and we've had an enquiry for MRS & MRS.
Of course the letters look great individually, for your own initials or as a light in a child's bedroom perhaps. They look lovely lit up too, they're not too bright and blinding. We also love the Ampersand (&) which is a fab shape and looks great as an interiors accessory on its own.
Each of the letters is priced at £25.
Leek's Sunday Supplement is the first Sunday of every month, and that is this Sunday!!
We really look forward to the Sunday Supplement. Leek is really buzzing with live music, food, and the wonderful makers market.
Leek's shops, bars and cafes are also all open this Sunday, so after you've had a mooch around you can take your time over a drink or lunch in one of the numerous great eateries we have in Leek. We are often asked by our customers to recommend somewhere to eat and we always procrastinate and offer a few different suggestions, explaining that it is really hard to choose as we have so many favourites and each is lovely in different ways!
Pick up one of the Totally Locally Leek maps for a list of all the independent cafes & restaurants you can choose from.
The market is a fabulous mix of stalls including handmade, artisan, food, drink, original art, jewellery, gifts, everything that is just that little bit different and all made within the local area
Don't forget that it is Fathers' Day soon, ( the 21st June) so this is the last Sunday Supplement Market before then. Dads are so hard to buy for, they always pretend to not really want anything but are delighted when you manage to find them a thoughtful little something! I've included a sample of photos from previous Sunday Supplement market stalls that would all make great gift ideas for men. Delicious locally made food, ale, leather goods or the made in Britain and from Leek 'British Boxers' ? All lovely presents for the hard to buy for men in your life!
The Sunday Supplement has a great atmosphere for a leisurely day out, wandering the lovely streets of Leek and being a tourist in your own town!
Did you know that many of Leek's shops and cafe's also display 'dog friendly Leek' stickers? This means that your dog is welcome to come into the shop too with you, so you can relax knowing that you can have a day out with all the family!
The sun is forecast to keep on shining for this Sunday, so see you in Leek!
We just love hearing what our customers have planned for them and how they will hang them in their own home. The ideas are often as diverse as the customers themselves and we hear some fabulous ideas, we also really love to see Customer's photos when they have filled them.
One customer purchased the extra large frames to display some beautiful paintings she picked up in Venice on holiday. The glass frames don't detract from the beautiful painting and they can be popped straight in and hung.
One customer bought her vintage photograph into the shop to select the right size. Weren't her parents a handsome pair?!
The beauty of these glass frames is that you just open the two panes of glass and pop the image in. No need to get mounts trimmed to size or worry about getting the frame size exactly right, they look equally good completely filled or with glass showing around the edge.
Our tiny glass frames can be spaced between other frames on a feature wall or hung in a cluster for effect.
These are just a few of the hundreds of different ways these frames can be styled and enjoyed.
Feeling inspired? What would you put in yours?!!
It's April at last, the sun is shining ( at the moment) and the Bank Holiday Weekend is almost here! It's been a long time coming and we can't wait. If you are wondering what to do with your extra time this weekend then there is lots going on in Leek.
On Friday and Saturday there is an Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddies, they can complete a trail across Leek with their map, each independent shop will provide a treat and a sticker for the back of the map and when it's completed they can be entered into the grand prize draw.
On Saturday there is the usual Antiques and Collectibles market that takes place every week 'on the cobbles' in the market square in the town centre. From early on until the late afternoon you will find a fantastic, eclectic mix of stallholders with lots of treasures to be found. We adore this market and consider ourselves very lucky to have it on our doorstep.
On Sunday is the Totally Locally Sunday Supplement Market. This fantastic Artisan market is held on the first Sunday of every month and as well as a great collection of artisan and independent stall holders there is live music and great food available. Many of Leek's fab independent shops are open 11-3 (including ourselves) and many of the fabulous cafes, restaurants and pubs are open too, which we think adds up to a perfect lazy Sunday.
In addition to all these great goings on, with effect from this Sunday, Alcove will now be open every Sunday 11-3, along with a great mixture of other independent shops and cafes in Leek. We know how difficult it can be to get to the shops when you have a busy life so we hope this will make things easier for you.
Leek is a fantastic place to go for a mooch around the shops, a coffee and a cake. Its got a fab atmosphere, lovely shop holders, beautiful surroundings, dog ( & kid) friendly, hell if our kids haven't trashed Alcove already then you don't need to worry about yours!!
Happy Weekend guys!!
We've been collecting ( ok hoarding!) letters for a while now, just waiting for the right eclectic mix of letters for our new sign.
We knew how we wanted it to look, it was in our minds-eye, but getting it up on the front of the shop hasn't happened until yesterday! Here it is, our new sign, we love it and we hope that you do too. Its eclectic, unusual, a bit different, just like the inside of our shop!
This Saturday it's the 'Dickensian Leek Extravaganza'!
This sounds like the perfect way to spend the last Saturday before Christmas really getting into the Christmas spirit. Who can fail to see the heart warming side to Christmas in the fabulous atmosphere of our beautiful Market Town?
If you still have tons of presents to buy (like me) then join me in refusing to get stressed out about it and have a chilled out meander around all the fabulous independant shops that Leek has to offer and you're bound to be inspired.
Shun the stress of shopping centres and shop locally this Christmas. See you there?
As per usual there is always something going on in Leek!
Over the next few weeks there are lots of shopping evenings taking place and Alcove is excited to be a part of them.
Coming up next is:
This is a great opportunity to fit some Christmas Shopping into your busy schedule whilst raising money for Charity at the same time.
All of the participating shops are giving 10% of their proceeds on the night and selling raffle tickets for £1 a strip with a chance to win the fantastic prizes above, the money raised will go to the StaffordshireMoorlands First Responders so that's got to be win win?!
See you there, we are open to 8pm ( and maybe longer) and I will be taking the kids to see Santa in his grotto!
This October we moved Alcove to its new home at 15 Sheep market, Leek.
It has been quite an undertaking transporting a shop jam packed with vintage items, doors, tables, cupboards, lighting and interiors amongst many, many other things from one town to another. Throw into the mix a couple of kids that need looking after, Alcove cupboards that are booked on and need installing, building jobs that Gary is committed to and a million other things and it has been a busy time!
Well we can finally breathe a sigh of satisfied relief and say that it's all done ( well, we're not 100% but...never mind we're near as damnit!) and we are super duper happy in our new little shop.
Our new shop seems more spacious and airy than our previous one and we've really enjoyed redesigning our displays like our glass frames which we've set up in a vintage wooden suitcase so they can be easily lusted over!
We started painting the shop front the same colour as our old shop, 'Downpipe' by Farrow & Ball and then we made a spur of the moment decision and decided to do something a bit different and go for a teal colour ( 'Marine' by Little Greene, from Avenue Interiors just up the road) It's totally different but we love it!
We've had the windows in the shop sign written with the Alcove logo but we are still working on the main shop sign, as we're making the letters ourselves and we're really excited to unveil them, they're going to look really different ( in a good way we hope!)
We've always been partial to a mooch around the shops in Leek ourselves. There is a fabulous selection of independent shops selling really unusual and gorgeous items, a great antiques market and a relaxed, chilled out vibe that is surely helped by the numerous coffee shops and artisan delis and bakerys. It also has a pioneering 'Totally Locally' campaign that works amazingly well at getting word out about all the fantastic things that Leek has to offer. It has also been very welcoming to us, thanks guys!
The parking is ALOT cheaper than many other areas and it is free in many car parks after 3pm and on Sundays.
Hope to see you soon and that you like our new shop as much as we do!
I'm Debbie and I'm the heart behind Alcove.